Saturday, March 27, 2010

Big writers, small writers, and the rest of us

Saturday night. Went to Vince’s fish restaurant to have a drink and watch the fights. Middle weights. I didn’t know either of them. No room at the bar. Waitress did not come to my dirty table. The fight ended with a one-round knockout. It was all wrong. I left, bought a half pint of Bacardi rum, dark, drove to McDonalds, bought a Zero, mixed it with half the bottle of rum and read Paul Johnson on Ibsen.

Before that, I almost forgot, while I was still on the street I called my wife in Mazatlan. Her friend Marta. Marta’s husband answered. Irene was not there, will arrive tomorrow. So I left my message. I said, “Tell Irene that I washed the Jeep.” An inside joke.

Johnson’s Intellectuals is very diverting. I read it first in October,
1991. According to my notes I read it again in September 2004. Here I am in 2010 and it’s all new to me. I find that I am marking it more thoroughly than I did during the first two reads, which suggests that I find it more interesting than I did 17 years ago, and more interesting than I did six years ago. I’m no smarter today than I was then, which suggests to me that I am more alert than I used to be. More vulnerable maybe. What’s the difference?

Intellectuals focuses on the personal lives of the writers who most influenced modern life, such as it is. What stands out most clearly to me about these writers – Rousseau, Shelley, Marx and Ibsen to name the first four – is that each of them wanted a career as a writer. That may be, not my only, but my primary failing as a writer. I was never much interested in being a writer. I was only interested in the writing. I started with it in 1951, close to 60 years ago and here I am. Some stories, a little journalism, odds and ends. It’s as if I am without ambition.

One thing that the big writers appear to share is ambition. But then many little writers are full of ambition as well. So ambition then, ambition is not the thing.

Holocaust: The Jewish Raison d'entre?

Gilad Atzmon, born in Israel, is published in The Guardian, Rebelion, The Daily Telegraph, Uprooted Palestinians, Counterpunch, Dissident Voice, Aljazeera Magazine, Information Clearing House, Palestine Chronicle and others.

The following passages are excerpted from his article titled: Judea declares War on Obama


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The holocaust religion is obviously Judeo-centric to the bone. It defines the Jewish Raison d'être. For the Jews it signifies a total fatigue of the Diaspora, it regards the Goy as a potential ‘irrational’ murderer. The new Jewish religion preaches revenge. It even establishes a new Jewish God. Instead of old Yehova, the new Jewish God is ‘the Jew’ himself: the brave and witty being, the one who survived the ultimate and most sinister genocide, the one who came out of the ashes and stepped forward into a new beginning.

To a certain extent the Holocaust religion signals the Jewish departure from monotheism, for every Jew is a potential little God or Goddess. Gilad Shalit is the God ‘innocence’, Abe Foxman is the God anti Semitism, Maddof is the God of swindling, Greenspan is the God of ‘good economy’, Lord Goldsmith is the God of the ‘green light’, Lord Levy is the God of fundraising, Wolfowitz is the God of new American expansionism and AIPAC is the American Olympus where American elected human beings come to ask for mercy and forgiveness for being Goyim and for daring to occasionally tell the truth about Israel.

The holocaust religion is the conclusive stage in the Jewish dialectic; it is the end of Jewish history for it is the deepest and most sincere form of ‘self love’. Rather than inventing an abstract God who prefers the Jews to be the chosen people, in the holocaust religion the Jews cut out the divine middle substance. The Jew just chooses oneself. This is why Jewish identity politics transcends itself beyond the notion of history. God is the master of ceremony. And the new Jewish God cannot be subject to humanly contingent occurrences. The new Jewish God, i.e. ‘the Jew’, just re-writes fables that serve the tribe at any given time.This may explain why the Holocaust religion is protected by laws, while every other historical chapter and narrative is debated openly by historians, intellectuals and ordinary people

Friday, March 26, 2010

Doubt as an infringement of moral law

This story from the Wisconsin Jewish Journal is a rehash of the tragedy that occurred at UW when the student newspaper, the Badger Herald, ran a seven-word advertisement from CODOH that read: “The Holocaust Question, The Power of Taboo.” Ms. Langer is a sophomore at UW-Madison double majoring in theater and journalism. She writes on campus for the Daily Cardinal and the Hillel magazine, The Voice.

Professor Lew Friedland, who teaches something resembling journalism at UW, is quoted by Langer as saying: “The Herald has acted with reckless disregard toward the campus community as a whole and toward the Jewish community in particular .... They do not understand that the First Amendment is not a shield from moral responsibility, and that, indeed, given their right not to publish, they are effectively certifying ads as presenting views that are worthy of presentation, i.e. within the pale of reasonable debate."

"It is an amoral response, hiding behind a poorly constructed understanding of the First Amendment.”

In short, suggesting that there are questions that remain to be asked about the Holocaust narrative, and that taboo is used to forbid such questions being asked, doubt itself has become an infringement of moral law. These statements by Friedland were published online by something at UW resembling a center for “Journalism Ethics.”

Ya think?

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Too busy to write

I’m too busy to write. Been that way for a long time. I don’t mean here, but my own stuff. Calls for a small change in how I schedule my evenings. Like this evening. Instead of going out walking at 7, 7.30, I left the house at 5.30pm. Now here I am, back in my chair at the keyboard, it’s hardly 8pm and I’m still awake. I have time, the house is quiet, but the mind is blank. It’s got nothing to say. Mexicans don’t say the mind is blank. They say it’s “white.” Nice image. I think I’ve said that before. I repeat things.

The story at U Wisconsin-Madison is over. With all the fuss among students, faculty and administration, not one person addressed either of the two questions inferred by the ad: “The Holocaust Question, The Power of Taboo.” The two most influential voices to condemn the ad and to condemn me for placing it were both ladies. Biddy Martin, Chancellor of UW, and Sara Bloomfield, director of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Speaking of ladies, thought turned to the suffragette movement when my mother was a teenager. Don’t ask. No idea why. I see no reason why ladies should not be able to vote, they are no dumber than the rest of us. But what good has it done? They got the vote in 1920 and the sleaze of the State continued to grow as it had before 1920. To what we have today. Empire abroad, wars without end, and endless bureaucratic corruption in the homeland. The ladies have made no difference, which is too bad. Because it’s perfectly clear that men don’t know how to take care of things themselves.

Ladies are necessary. My own is out of house for two weeks visiting family and friends in the village in Nayarit where she grew up. It’s not the same without her. It’s not as good.

And now thought recalls, speaking of ladies, that I have yet to put a headstone on my mother’s grave. It’s been maybe eight years. When you watch thought performing like this you get an intimation of how difficult it is to rule, with or without the vote, be you man or woman, thoughtfully.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Letter to the Editor of the Badger Herald at U Wisconsin-Madison

NOTE: Below is a letter to the editor that I submitted to the Badger Herald nine days ago. I thought perhaps, because I was being slandered with the most abusive language imaginable day after day that . . . . Well, it wasn’t in the cards. If you are a student at U Wisconsin, if you are a student anywhere who has taken it for granted that intellectual freedom is a given on your campus, perhaps the few words following will be of some interest to you.

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Bradley R. Smith
PO Box 439016
San Ysidro CA 92143
Desk: 209 682 5327
Cell: 619 203 3151
Blog: http://bradleysmithsblog.blogspot.com/
Web: www.codoh.com

07 March 2010

Letter to the Editor


When I ran my ad -- The Holocaust Question: The Power of Taboo -- in the Badger Herald I understood that it would be seen as provocative by some. I’m somewhat surprised by how provocative it turned out to be. The ad and its author have been condemned and damned by Jason Smathers, the student editor of the Badger, all the way up the food chain to the Chancellor of the University, Biddy Martin. In between the condemnation has been forwarded by professors, students, and special interest orgs such as Hillel.

The seven words in the text-link ad suggest that there are questions that remain to be asked about the Holocaust narrative, but that it is taboo to ask them.
No one at UW, not one professor, has asked which questions about the Holocaust narrative might need to be addressed.

No one at UW, not one professor, has addressed the suggestion that such questions are not asked because it has become taboo to ask them.

Faculty, students, and administration alike are agreed that “denial” should be condemned. No one at UW, not one professor, states specifically what it is that I “deny.”

It is said that I am a “liar.” No one at UW, and not one professor, has addressed one specific lie I have allegedly told.

No one at UW, not one professor, has addressed my argument that these questions remain unanswered, and more importantly unasked, because taboo prohibits a free exchange of ideas on this one issue on your campus.

So far as I am aware, not one professor at UW is willing to propose, in the light of day, that to ask questions about a historical event – and the Holocaust was a historical event – should not only be allowed, but encouraged.

I have a couple three questions that I think it reasonable to put to the professoriate at UW. I do not expect any to respond. I am asking these questions here so that UW students might be introduced for the first time in their academic careers to the concept that there might be questions about the Holocaust narrative that should be asked, just as there are about any other historical narrative, that the questions might possibly be interesting and important as well.

Here we are then.

Professor: What is your understanding of why Dwight D. Eisenhower, in his Crusade in Europe, did not mention the German weapons of mass destruction, the homicidal gas chambers?

Professor: Can you provide, with proof, the name of one person killed in a gas chamber at Auschwitz?

Professor: Why is it “hateful” to ask such simple questions about one historical narrative? Who is it who benefits from the taboo against asking these questions? Germans?

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Sunday, March 14, 2010

A Note from the USHMM on the Catastrophe Taking Place at University of Wisconsin-Madison

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has entered the fray at UW-Madison.

It's not enough that the Jewish Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith with its $50-million-plus annual budget stands against a free press with regard to the Holocaust question.

Not enough that ADL and Hillel: the Foundation for Jewish Life on Campus organized at 500 campuses, have together published a 10,000-word document and made it available to student newspapers across America -- a document titled "Fighting Holocaust Denial in Student Newspapers."

Nope. Not enough.

Now the USHMM with its own $50-million dollar annual budget, much of which is subsidized by American taxpayers, has found it necessary to join the struggle. Talk about David and the Goliaths, eh?

Where does the collective panic of the Goliaths originate? In the threat of a free exchange of ideas with regard to the Holocaust question? What else is at stake? Only the continued use of the Holocaust narrative to morally legitimate the argument against a free press, to morally legitimate what is increasingly viewed as "immoral" Israeli State policies against Palestinian Arabs.

A marraige made in the Zionist heaven.

Here is the Note from a Director of the USHMM, Sara J. Bloomfield.

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The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

A Note From the Director


I am writing to alert you to a deplorable ad campaign currently running on the Web site of a major U.S. university student newspaper. Paid for by a Holocaust denial group, the ad links to a hate-filled Web site designed to manipulate young minds.

These days it’s easy and cheap to propagate hate: the ad cost a mere $75 to run for 30 days. We cannot afford to be silent in the face of such offensive and dangerous rhetoric. Please help the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum continue to disseminate the truth about the Holocaust by making a generous gift today.

While we can’t stop haters, we can minimize their impact. But we need your help.

Spreading hate and lies is cheap: it cost only $75 for one Holocaust denial group to reach tens of thousands of students. Today, I ask you to take a stand against those who spread such venom by making a $75 gift of your own.
While their $75 goes to promoting antisemitism and hate, your $75 will combat denial by preserving and presenting the truth. Please support this vital work.

Sincerely



Sara J. Bloomfield
Director

Friday, March 12, 2010

By Badger Herald Board of Directors

An open letter to the UW campus

By Badger Herald Board of Directors

Friday, March 12, 2010 1:03 a.m.


Over the last few weeks, we’ve wrestled both ethically and emotionally with our decision not to remove Bradley Smith’s Holocaust denial advertisement on our website. The advertisement, as this paper has stated repeatedly, is an affront to history, an insult to this campus’ intelligence and a veiled attack on the Jewish students who attend the University of Wisconsin. Given the nature of Smith’s website and its borderline content, we’ve debated in meeting after meeting whether to take the advertisement down.

We have decided to leave the advertisement up for the duration of its term, which will end on March 17. This paper defended the continued run of this advertisement on the grounds that this campus was strong enough and educated enough to expose such lies and do more damage to them than they could do to us. And this campus proved us right. The Holocaust deniers certainly made their presence obvious on our comment boards, but the student body was ready to combat their message and use the tools Chancellor Biddy Martin and the UW community has armed them with: The truth. To that degree, UW students proved us right — our community was rational enough to rebuke this alternative reality as it crept out of its extremist corners and into the light of day.

However, as this ordeal comes to an end, we want to make a few things clear.
More>>

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Herald wrong in free speech argument

I had rather thought the story at UW-Madison was finished. Sunday last I submitted a Letter to the Editor for publication, thinking that after having been the target of so much scandalous language that they might, possibly, publish it. Doesn't look like it. Still, the Badger did publish an OP Ed by a philosophy student arguing against the Badger's free speech argument.

I think after all the heat a seven-word ad has caused at UW-Madison that some at the Badger would think that not publishing a letter by me and publishing yet another piece criticizing the Badger is a way to apologize yet again. I may be wrong. Anyhow, here are a couple paragraphs and a link to a yet another statement that does not address the issue of my ad, implicit charge that it is taboo to question any significant element of the Jewish Holocaust narrative.

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Herald wrong in free speech argument

By Max Manasevit

Thursday, March 11, 2010 12:03 a.m.


Michael Schwalb, b.1901; Rachel Brat, b.1910; Szlomo Gross, b.1920; Avram Curitki, b.1895; Chana Zommer, b.1915; Frymed Due, b.1896; Jchiel Rubinstein, b.1912; Eljasz Jurysta, b.1912; Podlaski, b.1942; Chaja Bialostocki, b.1919; Jakob Keitl, b.1884; Julijus Flachs, b.1904; Yakov Gelbert, b.1912; Mindla Polska, b.1904; Mosze Sztajn, b.1912; Rachel Grynszpan, b.1900

These 16 names are from Yad Vashem’s Israeli Holocaust Memorial database of Holocaust victims. In order to place a name in the database, the surviving family and friends of the exterminated must fill out a page of testimony. If the Holocaust did not happen, are millions of people inventing lost loves ones and mourning mere fantasies?

This is exactly what Bradley Smith of the Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust contends. More>>

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Demonstration Tonight (NYC)!

The Examiner (the NY Israel Conflict Examiner, to be exact) reports that there will be two demonstrations on Park Avenue tonight on the occasion of the annual dinner of the Israeli Defense Force at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. The report mentions a demonstration against the IDF to occur on one block of Park and a counterdemonstration to occur a block or two up the street. The rest of the article is about the counterdemonstration, and mentions fully eight organizations taking part in it (e.g., Zionist Organization of America), and three luminaries, including our own Dov Hikind, who led the campaign to deny David Irving the means to accept payment for his books and videos over the Internet (all the organizations gladly accept your donations over the Internet).

Organizations behind the demonstration (remember the original demonstration? It's against the IDF and its recent despoliation of Gaza and the West Bank) are not named, and as for luminaries, how could anyone opposed to the IDF even be a luminary in the first place?

Two demonstrations. Don't mix 'em up.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

U Wisconsin: Ethics, Journalism and Sensitivity: Initial debate

Ethics, Journalism and Sensitivity: Initial debate from The Badger Herald on Vimeo.


This video, produced on 04 March, is the full hour examining the academic defense of the taboo that protects Holocaust orthodoxy from a free exchange of ideas on the U Wisconsin campus. We will keep in mind that only those who profit from taboo defend it. Or?

Also -- I have not had time to watch this video. I would like to know if after all the complaint if anyone here addresses one thing that I have ever written or said and points out where it is wrong. I have not had time to watch the video that follows. I would like to ask the same question about what goes on there.

U Wisconsin: Ethics, Journalism and Sensitivity panel: Question period

Ethics, Journalism and Sensitivity panel: Question period from The Badger Herald on Vimeo.



This video, again, is the full hour. Take note of the scripted questions, the scripted answers.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Panel debates Holocaust denial ad

Members from faculty, ASM, Daily Cardinal, student body say Badger Herald wrong; Editor in Chief defends decision by putting trust in UW community to reject its message

By Carolyn Briggs
Friday, March 5, 2010 1:01 a.m.

University of Wisconsin students gathered in Bascom Hall Thursday for an open forum on journalistic ethics and sensitivity.

The forum, which was hosted by the UW Dean of Students Office and UW Hillel, was created in response to an advertisement posted on The Badger Herald website purchased by Holocaust denier Bradley Smith. Herald Editor in Chief Jason Smathers said the ad was initially posted without his knowledge.

Panelists included journalism professors Katy Culver, Stephen Ward and Lew Friedland, political science professor Howard Schweber, Smathers, the Daily Cardinal Editor in Chief Charles Brace and Associated Students of Madison Chair Tyler Junger.

Dean of Students Lori Berquam, who moderated the event, said she hoped the forum would focus less on the ad itself and become a broader discussion of journalistic ethics. More

Student Newspaper Defends Holocaust Denial Ad



Student Newspaper Defends Holocaust Denial Ad
Editors, Professors Discuss Holocaust Denial Ad, Free Speech
Updated: 8:57 am CST March 5,2010

MADISON, Wis. -- Leaders of a University of Wisconsin-Madison campus newspaper confronted its critics on Thursday after running a controversial ad on its Web site. The Badger Herald accepted a Holocaust-denying ad on its Web site last week.

On Wednesday, students demonstrated against the ad and the paper, remembering the millions who died in the Holocaust and denouncing the hate they believe is being fueled by the newspaper.

However, the paper's editors are defending the ad. An ethics forum was held on campus on Thursday in response to the protest. More

Thursday, March 4, 2010

EDUCATION OR SUBJUGATION?

Protesting Holocaust denial ad in a UW paper



MADISON (WKOW) -- Students and staff on the University of Wisconsin - Madison campus are protesting an ad in a student newspaper that links readers to a website denying the Holocaust.

Hundreds of people, including Chancellor Biddy Martin, protested on Library Mall Wednesday.

The ad appeared in the Badger Herald and on the paper's website Monday, February 22.

While the ad doesn't explicitly deny the Holocaust, it links to a website where a blogger denies it ever happened.

"This is a despicable thing," said the Executive Director of UW-Hillel Greg Steinberger,
"To the Jewish community, it suggests that we're being greedy, that we're lying, that we created this whole ten million deaths. Students are really upset by it."

Steinberger says the ad should be removed from the Herald's paper and website and that the Herald should monitor its ads better in the future.

Holocaust Denial Ad Sparks Controversy



MADISON, Wis. -- Issues of free speech, advertising and the Holocaust clashed on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus on Wednesday as about 150 students rallied to honor the victims of the Holocaust and call for an end to an ad in a campus newspaper.

The controversy was sparked by some anti-Semitic comments posted on an online version of a Badger Herald article earlier this month. It erupted when the online edition of the student paper posted an ad paid for by a man who doesn't believe in the Holocaust.

Hundreds of students and others, including UW Chancellor Biddy Martin, turned out for a Holocaust awareness rally and to honor the millions who died in the Holocaust. They denounced the hate they believe is being fueled by the Badger Herald.

"Memory is a way of honoring the victims, the innocent victims of criminal murder, of murder about which there can be absolutely no doubt," Martin said.

For $75, the paper agreed to post for 30 days an advertisement that reads, "The Holocaust question: the power of taboo." Click on the ad and it goes to the Web site of the man who bought the ad, Holocaust denier Bradley Smith and his "Committee For Open (Holocaust) Debate."

Rally organizers called it "sickening."

Legislating the Truth

More than 12 US states, and many other countries, have laws on the books requiring the teaching (as history, I suppose) of a traditional (6 million, gas chambers, intentional) version of the Holocaust.

Over on the science side, states have had laws regulating the teaching of human evolution at least since the famous Scopes Monkey Trial in Tennessee. These laws have morphed into "inclusive" laws nowadays, mandating the teaching of "both" views of the subject. Today's New York Times reports that opponents of global-warming alarmism are getting laws passed requiring teaching "both" sides of that issue (starting in science, but spreading rapidly, I should think, into political science, economics, and other behavioral areas).

As this risible outgrowth of the interference of government in what is called education expands, one can't resist wondering when "Both Sides Now" may make its appearance back on the history side as, may I suggest, a historical approach to all the "war crimes" (prosecuted and otherwise) of twentieth-century wars, the genocides, the origins of the stories, the evidence supporting them and their competitors, and so on.

The rolling of this snowball could be very interesting!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

U Wisconson-Madison: Compromising Jewish Students

Smith engages Greg Steinberger, Executive Director of the U Wisconsin-Madison Hillel, demonstrating that Hillel Executive Directors say one thing in the Campus Newspaper and behind the scenes do another.

View this Video here

U Wisconsin: Education or Subjugation?

03 March 2010.(6:30 min). Smith addresses the opinion piece by UW-Madison Chancellor Biddy Martin, published in the Badger Herald on 02 March. He questions the Holocaust ideology maintained by the professorial class whereby the professor holds absolute authority over what questions students can ask and cannot ask about the Holocaust without putting themselves at risk of self-destruction.

View this Video here

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Update on the Zundel Release !

From Ingrid Rimland Zundel

March 2, 2010

Update on the Zundel Release !

To all –

It’s now been 28 hours since that first phone call from Lady Renouf that Ernst was safely in her car and being whisked away – and I have yet to receive even one negative comment via e-mail from our heckling enemies!

Overwhelmingly, people all over the world are congratulating Ernst for having stood the course and having stuck to his own principles for Truth in History.

Markus Haverkamp, well-known to many, who reported from inside the Zundel Heresy Trial in Mannheim in 2007, did a brief write-up for alternative media:

This Monday morning, March 1st 2010, Ernst Zundel was released from Mannheim prison after a total of seven years in gaol. Prior to his release the state prosecutor Grossmann had informed the tabloid Bild Zeitung of his release details, whether to proliferate himself, or whether to tempt left-wingers [to cause] trouble - who knows. [Ernst Zundel’s] release details had also been made public by the nationalist news magazine Zuerst.

We thus had no idea what was going to be in store for us when we arrived outside the prison shortly before 08.00. In all ca. 30 people arrived to greet Ernst back to public life, amongst them his heroic lawyer Dr. Herbert Schaller who, though in his mid-eighties, made the arduous trip from Vienna, one of [Ernst’s] sisters, Richard Edmonds, Michèle Renouf, a few friends from France, Günter Deckert and others. Had he been released on a Friday afternoon, there would have been a far greater turn-out, that's certain. There was only one journalist present, a chap from AP press.

[After we] waited in the chilly weather for over twenty minutes, Ernst was released at 08.15. He looked well, physically stout and strong, and very well fed indeed, wearing a lumberjack shirt and jeans. Ernst proceeded to greet each of us in person. To my shame I must admit that I greeted Ernst with the words: "Herr Zündel, it's great to have you back in freedom" to which he replied, visibly shocked: "You must be joking!" i.e. what freedom?

Next Ernst gave the AP chap a brief interview, the contents of which I was unable to make out.

After half an hour we proceeded to a restaurant that had opened this day specifically for us. Here people sat down, enjoyed a coffee and had a chat, the only person unable to get a rest being Ernst who everybody wanted to speak with. Many of us (Germans) had hoped that Ernst would be willing to give lectures on ecological farming some time in the future, and we were thrilled to find that Ernst is excited about this idea (after all there is more to be rectified in the western world than merely the Holocaust story).

After the lunch that followed, the party began to disperse. We all wish Ernst and Ingrid the best of luck and good fortune, and look forward to meeting up with Ernst soon. More.

Monday, March 1, 2010

A fearful experience for a Student Editor

26 February 2010. The Editor in Chief of the Badger Herald, U Wisconsin-Madison, is put in a tight place for having agreed to run a text link to a revisionist web site. The young man is running scared, he expresses his anxiety via an extensive ad hominem attack on Smith, avoiding specific issues/questions raised by the ad. That's how TABOO functions.

View this video here

Ernst Zundel, was freed today, Monday, March 1

This will take you to Mike Hoffman's blog where there is a fine photo of Ernst with his defense attorney Dr. Herbert Schaller outside the prison walls.


From CBC News and The Toronto Sun | March 1, 2010

Ernst Zundel, was freed today, Monday, March 1, after serving five years in a German prison for denying the Holocaust. Zundel told reporters he did not know whether he would try to return to Canada. "I'm back out after seven years, three weeks, three prisons and three countries," said Zundel, 70. A crowd of some 20 supporters clapped and shouted "bravo" as Zundel emerged from the prison in Mannheim shortly after 8 a. m. Some handed him flowers as he passed through the prison's steel gates. Zundel was extradited from Canada to face the German charges of inciting hatred for years of anti-Semitic activities, including contributing to a website devoted to denying the Holocaust — a crime in Germany. The Amerian website's accessibility in Germany made it possible for German prosecutors to charge him with 14 counts. Zundel and his supporters had argued he was exercising his right to free speech.

On Monday he gave no details about his future plans, saying only that he wanted to improve his health and would return to his home region in the Black Forest. "Having spent the last seven years in a 'chicken coop,' I've gained a lot of weight. I have to lose that. I have to get checked out in a hospital," Zundel said, though did not indicate that he was ill.

Asked if the Holocaust happened, he replied, "It's kind of a sad situation; there's a lot to say. I'll certainly be careful not to offend anyone and their draconian laws," he said.